The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.
Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.
When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.
It is 1818. The Napoleonic Wars ended three years ago and, while George III remains on the throne, Great Britain is under the rule of the Prince Regent, the future George IV. Twenty year old Alexandria Featherstone lives on Holy Island (also known as Lindisfarne), off the coast of northeast England. She hasn’t heard from her parents in almost a year and The Crown has decided she be put under the guardianship of a very distant relative, the Duke of St Easton. He is just 12 years older than her, but they couldn’t be more different. He is cautious, whereas she is impulsive. He has been brought up in a manner appropriate to his standing in society; Alexandria has not and acts accordingly. As a result, when Alexandria decides to go after her parents Gabriel has no choice but to go after her.
This was a book I couldn’t put down, which is great except for the fact the book is the first in a new series. After finishing, I’m left with a number of questions, including what happened to Alexandria’s parents, and what were they after? How does Gabriel’s synesthesia (seeing sounds as colors) fit in? The synesthesia is particularly interesting: the first medical description of the phenomena was in a German 1812 thesis, just six years before the time in which the book is set.
The Guardian Duke is released on 01 February 2012. The following book in the series, The Forgiven Duke, will be released in July 2012.
Publisher: B & H Books
Page Count: 320
Publication Date: 01 February 2012
I won an ARC of The Guardian Duke through a contest on Jamie Carie’s blog. I was under no obligation to write a review.